Sculpture depicting Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus

About

Since our founding in 1933 during the Great Depression that shook the globe, Catholic Charities of Oregon has been a trusted ally of the most poor and marginalized, and a leader in finding innovative solutions to poverty and injustice. We are proud to serve all God’s Children as the Official Domestic Relief Agency of the Catholic Church in Oregon.

Our mission is to assure that essential, life-saving services and supports are accessible to the most vulnerable Oregonians. The services we provide across the state of Oregon include affordable and supportive housing, financial empowerment, mental health & counseling, pregnancy and parenting support, legal services, intensive case management and more.

We are a member of Catholic Charities USA and of Caritas International, the global network of agencies that make up the charitable arm of the world-wide Catholic Church.

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Mission & Vision

Mission Statement

Inspired by the transformative power of God’s love, Catholic Charities of Oregon — the social service arm of the Catholic Church in western Oregon — partners with the most vulnerable, regardless of faith, to achieve lasting solutions to poverty and injustice.

Vision for Society

Catholic Charities of Oregon envisions a society in which all people thrive economically, socially, and spiritually; cultivate diverse, respectful, and just communities; and recognize the inherent dignity and sanctity of human life.

Vision for the Organization

Catholic Charities of Oregon achieves lasting solutions to poverty and injustice by partnering with clients to meet their economic and educational goals and to support their physical and social well-being.

*Adopted by the Board of Catholic Charities of Oregon March 14, 2013.

Who We Work With

We welcome and serve everyone, regardless of race, religion, or orientation.
For our Partners

We focus on solidarity, love, dignity, family, caring for the world around us, and ensuring that basic life needs are not only met but exceeded and maintained.

For our Volunteers

We focus on making sure that every bit of good is squeezed out of every minute of time given and every dollar spent. We’re effective, caring, and nonjudgmental, and we welcome everyone.

For our Future Team

At Catholic Charities of Oregon, we care for our employees so they can take care of others. Together, we work to make a concrete, hands-on difference in our community.

Articles

COVID-19 Update: New Ways to Help

Posted By | Deacon Rick Birkel

A Message from Catholic Charities' Executive Director

Posted By | Deacon Rick Birkel, Ph.D.
Dear Catholic Charities of Oregon family, As the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds, Catholic Charities of Oregon remains a steadfast ally for our clients, staff, and volunteers. Since our founding in 1933, our organization has supported those in need through their most trying times to find stability and hope. Even now, we continue to serve our community and…

A Message of Care and Concern Regarding COVID-19

Posted By | Catholic Charities of Oregon
Catholic Charities continues to closely monitor the rapid spread and effects of the Coronavirus, COVID-19. In keeping with our mission, we are focused on ensuring the safety and well-being of the most vulnerable in our community, including the elderly, people with disabilities, and those with immune-suppressant health conditions. They are at the highest risk of…

The Challenge of Homelessness in Oregon - What's to be done?

Posted By | John Gould, Doug Walta, Steve Schell, Tuck Wilson
As a leader in the community, Catholic Charities’ long-standing work and expertise in serving those experiencing homelessness led to a partnership with John Gould, Doug Walta, Steve Schell and Tuck Wilson. The diverse group of professionals came together to gather research and best practices over two years to produce their new report, The Challenge of…